Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Maybe We Will Save the Hubble Space Telescope!

By Deborah Zabarenko

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Michael Griffin, the Bush administration's choice to head NASA, said on Tuesday he wants to revisit the decision to let the Hubble Space Telescope die and would consider a plan to have shuttle astronauts fix it.

Griffin, a rocket scientist who appears headed for swift confirmation as chief of the U.S. space agency, told a Senate hearing that NASA's decision not to repair Hubble should be reassessed after the shuttle fleet returns to flight.

"The decision not to execute the planned shuttle servicing mission was made in the immediate aftermath of the loss of the Columbia," Griffin said. "When we return to flight, it will be with essentially a new vehicle, which will have a new risk analysis associated with it. At that time I think we should reassess the earlier decision in light of what we learn after we return to flight."

Seems like pressure from all over is working....close call here. I hope we save the telescope.

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